May 24, 2019

CORD Demands Fresh Elections


By Calvin Osiemo

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for fresh General elections in what they say is a bid to ‘save the country from total collapse’. CORD leader Raila Odinga says that the ousting of top officials form the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is an indication of how dysfunctional the government has become.
“The President needs to seriously consider calling for fresh elections to save our country from total collapse, our national system has collapsed in every sense,” said Odinga.
“The government is dysfunctional because the top leadership did not believe in the new Constitution and does not believe in the Rule of law. The decision to ignore procedures, including the law and institutional arrangements, was meant to cripple the war on corruption rather than support it,” he said.
The former Prime Minister accused the Jubilee administration of negligence and said the integrity issues that were witnessed prior to the last general elections have once again come up.
“We are back to the integrity issues that came up during the campaigns: a leadership demanding of other to observe integrity provisions that the President and his Deputy failed to observe from the start,” he said. In relation to the Presidents March 26 State of the Nation address, Raila has said events surrounding and preceding the speech are just gimmicks in which the government is protecting some corrupt officials instead of fighting graft.
“We can see clearly that the President has embarked on a familiar rhetorical warfare similar to that of the ‘war on magendo’ of the 1980s that only left magendo thriving. The President’s action was similar to Narc’s much hyped zero-tolerance to corruption and radical surgery of the judiciary that only ended up with the Anglo Leasing Scandal right at the heart of the Administration”, Odinga said.

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